The Wills' Anything But Ordinary Home

The Wills' Anything But Ordinary Home

Ashley Poskin
Oct 11, 2012

Name: Josh & Tran Wills, Noah, Quynh, Ellie and Hesh
Location: RINO Art District, Denver, Colorado
Size: 2,800 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

Two years ago the Wills said goodbye to their three-story Denver Square house and moved into a live/work/play space in the RINO arts district. Their building is warm and cozy and so much more than I could have imagined it to be on a cold and rainy fall day.

Once a month, Tran, the Social Media/PR/Events Gal at eBags/ and Josh, the Creative Director at Factory Design Labs, roll back walls, open a very large garage door and transform the front room of their home into the "Super Ordinary Gallery". The space was designed so that with a few easy adjustments the living area can be closed off while the remainder functions as a public art gallery.

Upon moving in, the only existing features of the space were the shower and staircase leading out to the back yard, so the Wills quickly (and accurately, contractors were involved!) constructed three fun and functional bedrooms as well as a lofted office. The downstairs bedrooms have low ceilings and were built specifically for the kids until further renovations could be done. The build out date has arrived sooner than expected, though, as the kids are growing faster than anticipated!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: It's an eclectic blend of our influences. We like to play with juxtaposition and contrast. As people we are alike in many ways and different in many more; it's both fun and challenging to find a balance. Our style is a reflection of just that. Did we say eclectic?

Inspiration: Growing up in Colorado has shaped us both for better and worse. We draw inspiration from fashion, music, art, design, traveling and our children.

Favorite Element: The fact our kids can run around inside, skate, ride their scooter, swing, paint and be as loud as they want. Our kids can be kids. Josh takes advantage of these things as well…

Biggest Challenge: Turning an empty concrete box into a functional and comfortable living space for the family. We realize it's not for everyone, but it's most certainly home for us.

What Friends Say: More often than not there is a little shock and awe. People usually geek out on the art, especially when we are in gallery mode.

Biggest Embarrassment: The backyard still needs some love, we've got a few crooked cabinets, and our oldest son is growing taller a lot quicker than we anticipated.

Proudest DIY: The entire project. This has been something we've joked about doing on and off for several years. We've taken down a few other projects together in our days, but this has been a constant labor of love. We're constantly tweaking and evolving the space, which is one of the things we enjoy most about living here.

Biggest Indulgence: Our couch, hands down. The GUS modern sectional was one of our first real 'adult' purchases.

Best Advice: Your home should be an extension of who you are. Have fun and surround yourself with things that make your heart smile daily.

Resources of Note:


    • Behr is our go to paint. The Paint & Primer Rules!


    • Bench: Mod Livin'
    • Coat Rack: Ikea
    • Golden Chinese Feng Shui Cat: Far East Center Gift Shop
    • ART:
    Josh Wills
    Skateboards: Eric Hines


    • Shell Rocking Chair: Scandinavian Design
    • STORSELE High-back Chair: Ikea
    • Gold Log side table: West Elm
    • HEKTAR Floor Lamp: Ikea
    • Cowhide rug: Craigslist
    • Trunk: Goodwill
    • Swing: IKEA
    • ART:
    Paula Cuevas
    Mike Giant
    Melanie Pruitt
    Josh Wills x Matt Scobey
    Berger & Fohr
    Ray Youn Chu
    Kirsten & Nic Bingham
    Nigel Penhale


    • Wooden American Flag: Josh Wills
    • Big Blue Bear: Rob Mack
    • All Kids furniture, lamp & Rug: IKEA
    • Disco Ball: Goodwill


    • Gus Modern Sectional: Mod Livin'
    • Vintage Wing Back Chairs: Mod Livin'
    • Coffee Table: Gift from our friend Rob Angermuller
    • Lamps: Mod Livin'
    • End Tables: Target
    • Rocking Horse: Goodwill. Josh and I painted it.
    • Vintage Metal Sign "Riverside": Craigslist
    • Fire Place Credenza: West Elm
    • Faux Fire Logs: Amazon
    • TV Credenza: CB2
    • Knitted Floor Pillow: CB2
    • Couch Pillows: IKEA
    • Bar/Work Station: Bought from friend
    • ART:
    Aaron Ray
    Sandi Calistro
    Chris Cox
    Markham Maes
    Melanie Pruitt
    Cody Hudson
    Hyland Mather
    Quynh Wills
    Chris Huth
    Rob Angermuller
    The Horndribbles
    Josh Wills
    Anthony Cozzi
    Paul Moshell
    Dave Shell
    Ray Young Chu
    Rob Mack
    Michael Sieben


    • Dining Table: Mod Livin'
    • Blu Dot Real Good Chair: Mod Livin'
    • Knockoff Ghost Chair: Amazon
    • Knockoff Shell Chair: Scandinavian Design
    • Bertoia Side Chair: Mod Livin '
    • PREBEN Chair: Ikea
    • Bertoia Barstools: Mode Livin'
    • Ikea Kitchen Cabinets: Bought used from a friend
    • Kitchen Island: Costco
    • Modernica Ball Pendent: Mod Livin'
    • ART
    Ryan Resch
    Scot LeFavor
    Kid Robot Pancake Plushy: Plastic Chapel
    Mario Zoots
    Ray Young Chu
    Chris Van Nguyen


    • Bed: Craigslist
    • Bedding: Missoni for Target
    • Vintage Steamer Trunk: Goodwill
    • Danish Modern Side Table: Alley
    • Gold Log Side Table: West Elm
    • Wood Sconces: Urban Outfitters
    • Plastic Bull Head: Gift from friend
    • Vintage American Flag: Craigslist
    • Crib/ Changing Table: Craiglist
    • Liberty/Justice Rug: CB2
    • Dachshund Lamp: Mod Livin'
    • ART
    Mike Scarano
    Sandi Calistro
    Gummy Bear Night Light
    Geoff Thomas
    Markham Maes
    Aesthetic Apparatus
    Felt Cloud: Tran Wills


    • ART
    Ray Young Chu
    Hari Panicker
    Missoni for Target Rug

• Shower Curtain: PARRA
• Rug: IKEA
Sam Tuner
Julie West
Ryan Resch

• Wardrobe Closet: IKEA
• ELFA Desk: Container Store
Sara Ford
Josh Wills
Mario Zoots
Ryan Pattie
Rob Mack
Berger & Fohr

• Furniture, rugs, lamps, dresser, bedding: IKEA
Samuel Schimek & Rob Mack
Sandi Calistro

• Bed, bedding, rugs, lamps, desks, chair, clothing rack, dresser: IKEA
Brian Krezel
Ray Young Chu
Marc Hughes
Andrew Hoffman
Ryan Riss
Berger & Fohr
Speed Limit Sign: Alley
Globe: garage sale
Custom Schwinn Low Rider Bike: Josh Wills and his Grandpa Milt.

• Future Projects:
Tear out the ceiling to make higher
New Backyard Fence
Build all movable rooms for the kids
Renovate the bathroom
Add more Solar Tubes
New glass garage door
Finish fixing up our 1969 Lo-Liner Trailer to make as a spare guest bedroom

Thanks, Wills family!

(Images: Ashley Poskin)

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